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  • Riding coat sizing

    I'm looking for a new dressage coat. Sizes are so tricky. It's bad enough that the US sizes run so small. Does anyone know how the European coat sized run? Is a 38 size riding coat an actual 38? Do I need to add sizes? I'm looking at a lightly used Pfiff coat and can't seem to find any size chart for them. Thanks as always!

  • #2
    I have a friend who borrowed another's jacket. Fit her like it was custom made, fell in love with it and wanted one of her own. I forget the brand...but it was 'off the rack', not a custom.
    It was also not cheap...$500++
    The tag reads... '34' '6' 'regular'
    Coat is not carried by anyone here in Ontario so she called Dressage Extensions and gave them the size she needed - read it right out of the jacket tag.
    They sent it up (we're in Ontario, so it was not cheap + customs).
    The tag on the inside said... '34' '6' 'regular'.
    Well...it was HUGE...more like a 40 / 14/ tall.
    Back it went. At considerable cost.
    They now had to order in another '34' '6' 'regular' for her.
    Took six weeks. Arrived in the mail - at considerable cost - yesterday.
    Says '34' '6' 'regular' on the tag. However....It is too SMALL.

    She is really ticked off.
    Luckily this one fits someone else at the barn so she is selling it to them.

    I normally wear a size 10.
    My Mountain Horse dressage coat is a size 14.

    Moral...never, ever get a jacket unless you can try it on first!


    • #3
      Pikeur runs VERY small. I wear a 10 in US sizes and need a 14 in a Pikeur.


      • Original Poster

        This brand is Pfiff. I bought it, if it doesn't fit I guess I'll just have to pass it on. I asked for actual measurements so while I'm still uncomfortable with the notion maybe I'll luck out. I still wonder about the european sizes, wether they are as inaccurate as the US. Why do they do that to us anyway?


        • #5
          Oh coat sizing.. that is such a frustrating topic as I just went through it... What I found is there is no such a thing as standard in coat sizing. Every manufacturer seems to have their own sizing. They can all be the same US size and yet completely different size. Your only bet is to try them on....


          • #6
            What we need is MyShape.com for riding coats!
            You put in bunches of measurements and style preferences and the site then
            only shows you things that actually fit you. It is amazing...in some brands
            I am a zero and in others I am a six so this appalling lack of standardization of
            sizing isn't just true in dressage coats.


            • #7
              I went on the myshape.com site to look. Does it really work?
              Intermediate Riding Skills


              • #8
                Yes, Wicker, it really works! At least it has for me. I have ordered two items
                so far, a skirt (love it...wear it constantly) and a beautiful jersey dress I bought to wear to my son's graduation. The skirt was a 0 and fit perfectly and the
                dress was a 6 and also fit perfectly! Also, shipping is free both ways so
                returning doesn't 'hurt' either. I have a hard time finding clothes locally (or the
                time to shop for that matter!) so this is a nice solution.